Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried has long championed medical marijuana, which Florida voters legalized in 2016.

Hearing Set In Florida Ag Commissioner Fried’s Ethics Case

An administrative law judge has scheduled a hearing in November on allegations that Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried violated state law by not properly disclosing personal financial information.

An administrative law judge has scheduled a hearing in November on allegations that Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried violated state law by not properly disclosing personal financial information.

Judge E. Gary Early last week scheduled the hearing for Nov. 17 and Nov. 18. The state Commission on Ethics this month sent the case to the Division of Administrative Hearings.

The commission in December issued an order finding “probable cause” that Fried did not properly report income in 2017 and 2018 on financial-disclosure forms.

Commission staff members started an investigation after Evan Power, a Leon County Republican leader and lobbyist, filed a complaint in June 2021.

The complaint came after Fried, a Democrat, filed amended financial-disclosure forms that showed substantially more income in 2017 and 2018 than she previously reported.

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